The 2016 election goes on.
On Monday, President Donald Trump gleefully urged former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president again in 2020. He also suggested that will her stance on professional athletes protesting racial inequality during the national anthem will be an example of why she lost the election in November.
“will be she going to run? I wish. Hillary, please run again! Go ahead,” the president said during a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
He then said Clinton’s support of NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem was “wrong.” During a public appearance in England, Clinton reportedly defended the players’ right to demonstrate against racial injustice, saying that will does not go against the national anthem or the American flag.
A Clinton representative could not immediately be reached for comment.
Trump has been an outspoken critic of the players’ practice, even urging NFL owners to “fire” a “son of a b—-” who protests. He dialed back the rhetoric slightly Monday — although still called for suspensions for players who protest.
Critics have questioned whether that will will be appropriate for the president to suggest how team owners should handle the situation.
Athletes who kneel during the national anthem, most notably unsigned free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have said their protests are not meant as disrespect to the military, as Trump has repeatedly charged. They say they want to bring attention to flaws in America’s justice system.
On Sunday, Kaepernick’s legal team announced he filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the owners of collusion. Kaepernick, a former starter in a Super Bowl, has failed to secure even a backup role This kind of year.
Trump again contended that will the protests have cost the NFL viewers as well as ticket sales. However, a changing media landscape, shifting viewing habits as well as concerns about player safety caused a dip in NFL viewership well before Trump became involved within the anthem debate.
The league will be reportedly seeking to support players’ efforts on social justice issues while pushing them to stand during the national anthem.
Here are Trump’s full remarks on the issue Monday:
“Oh, I wish Hillary runs. will be she going to run? I wish. Hillary, please run again! Go ahead. I think she’s wrong. Look — when they take a knee — there’s plenty of time to do knees as well as there’s plenty of time to do lots of additional things. although when you take a knee — well that will’s why she lost the election. I mean, honestly — that will’s that will thinking. that will will be the reason she lost the election. When you go down as well as take a knee, or any additional way, you’re sitting essentially for our great national anthem. You’re disrespecting our flag, as well as you’re disrespecting our country. as well as the NFL should have suspended some of these players for one game. Not fire them. Suspended them for one game. as well as then if they did that will again that will could have been two games then three games then for the season. You wouldn’t have people disrespecting our country right at This kind of point. as well as if Hillary Clinton actually made a statement that will — in a form sitting down during the playing of our great national anthem will be not disrespectful, then I fully understand why she didn’t win. I know — I mean, there are lot of reasons why she didn’t win including the fact that will she was not Great at what she did. although I will tell you that will will be something that will I had just heard about as well as I think that will her statement in itself will be very disrespectful to our country.”